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  1. Patters

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/18/AR2006101801679.html

    WICHITA -- Paul Morrison, a career prosecutor who specializes in putting killers behind bars, has the bulletproof résumé and the rugged looks of a law-and-order Republican, which is what he was until last year. That was when he announced he would run for attorney general -- as a Democrat.

    He is now running neck-and-neck with Republican Phill Kline, an iconic social conservative who made headlines by seeking the names of abortion-clinic patients and vowing to defend science-teaching standards that challenge Darwinian evolution. What's more, Morrison is raising money faster than Kline and pulling more cash from Republicans than Democrats.

    Mark Parkinson, a former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, is running as a Democrat to be Gov. Kathleen Sebelius's lieutenant. Eight other former Republicans are running as Democrats in Kansas.

    Nor is Morrison alone. In a state that voted nearly 2 to 1 for President Bush in 2004, nine former Republicans will be on the November ballot as Democrats. Among them is Mark Parkinson, a former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, who changed parties to run for lieutenant governor with the popular Democratic governor, Kathleen Sebelius.

    "I'd reached a breaking point," Parkinson said, preparing for a rally in Wichita alongside Sebelius. "I want to work on relevant issues and not on a lot of things that don't matter."
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    So what you're saying is that these RINO's finally revealed their true colors and are now running as the Democrats they always were?
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    Yes, your party has become so narrow that it's beginning to marginalize itself. We might see the first evidence of that in this election, or perhaps it will hold on by a hair and start to moderate.
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    Yes, I recall that well known moderate Ronald Reagan and how much he marginalized the party.

    Why, you'd think that a person with those Conservative views would get his butt kicked!

    Wait, he won how many states?
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    You have a convenient view of history. We can always go back in time and find eras where liberals or conservatives were strong, but right now the pendulum seems to be swinging. And remember, while liberals have many historic achievements under their belt (civil rights, envrionmental protection, child labor laws, Social Security, GI Bill, food safety laws, space program, public universities, family and medical leave act, etc.), conservatives have almost none. Even Ronnie's biggest accomplishment was to trust and support the Soviet progressives.
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    #87 Jersey

    The key line is right here ..... relevant issues.

    There are more key lines in the story:
    The bickering drives me nuts ... and it can be seen in this forum and most forums on a daily basis. I wrote a thread about civil war a year or so ago ... I still believe we are in a political civil war. Luckily, it seems to have peaked and American voters are realizing this political war has been hurting us...the people.

    I look for major changes in the House and Senate over the next 6 years as voters now realize we need game day people in D.C. . We need Senators and Representatives who know how to roll up their sleeves instead of taking pork and looking the other way. This does not mean a shift to democrats over republicans ... it just means more workers and less talkers.

    The social conservatives do not have America's interest in their mind ... and it's hurting this country. We need to return to solving our problems with poverty and education. These problems have taken a backseat to worrying about terrorism all the time. Not caring for these 2 things hurts us in the long run.

    Republicans attempted to help education and they in fact did help it with the no child left behind ... but now education has taken a backseat again which affects poverty ... I hold out hope for John Edwards ... the perfect President for the future.


    In any case ... we have issues other than terrorism ... and the republicans have done a great job of keeping this the #1 issue. This has hurt our country more than helped it. Getting relevant issues back in focus will make voters look at candidates in a different light. Hopefully producing better politicians who care.

    We have a fine military and a revamped CIA/FBI to care for us. It's time to get back to the budget, education, poverty and healthcare ... America 1st. All this $$$ we give to foreign governments needs to be slashed....where has it gotten us?
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    Meanwhile the democrats are getting enthusiastic backing from the Communist Party:

    www.cpusa.org
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2006
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    You know what's funny about this election? All signs point to a deserved GOP loss. Afterall, they've completely destroyed their conservative principles in favor of right wing idioticy & liberal'esque spending. The problem is, the alternative, the former Democratic Party, which has now become Leftist Lunacy Group, has nothing to offer other than being a yes to a proverbial no. A Coke's Pepsi if you will. It's like a heads up race between a peg legged cripple and a legless midgit. Because it's heads up, somebody has to win.
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    If they click their heels three times they may wind up in Harry's old town of Cambridge..
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    I'd really like to have seen that place Harry's always talkin' about. I've spent 32 of my 37 years living right across the river and as far as I can tell, Cambridge hasn't changed a bit. I wonder if you could pick up a hammer without a building permit or find a blasted parking space in Harry's Cambridge?

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